Samantha Daniels’ ears have always been the subject of bullying in her school. You can easily imagine how quickly kids can come up with taunts and mean words for any other child who does not look the same way. This is difficult to endure.
The kids would also call her “Dumbo,” and tease her. Samantha’s self-esteem was taking a big hit.
Both the physical and emotional effects were taking a toll on her as she dealt with them over the years. In fact, over time, Samantha’s parents began to notice that she became withdrawn. Her personality was shifting as she became quieter and less outgoing.
That’s when her mother Susan Daniels took action, Susan turned to plastic surgery to change the one thing their daughter was most insecure about. Her ears were large and protruding.
This issue could be corrected surgically. (Otoplasty is the name of the surgery to pin the ears back into a more natural position.) However, they did not want to make the decision on her behalf. As such, Samantha’s parents started out by simply discussing the possibility with her. They gave her information so that she could think about it.
After many more months of teasing, she decided it was what she wanted. It was time. She asked her parents to go ahead with the surgery. Samantha’s plastic surgeon felt the same way as her parents—he wanted to know it was her choice.
When he first met her, he asked her to explain in her own words why she was there. He agreed to perform the ear-pinning procedure because Samantha herself said it was what she wanted. This gave him the confidence that the choice was being made by her, not just her parents. The plastic surgeon was able to create a look where Samantha’s ears appear to be normally placed instead of protruding outward.
The surgery was a big success. And everyone was pleased with the results.
Samantha even said she felt beautiful when she saw the results. She feels better about herself and less anxious. All around, it sounds like a good result.
“I feel beautiful and that’s what I really wanted,” Samantha said. “That’s why I did the surgery, because I wanted to feel better about myself.”
Samantha is happy with the results—which is of course what matters. Plastic surgery can be life-changing indeed.
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